Resolution To Proclaim July Muslim - American Heritage Month Highlighting Their "Incredible Contributions" To US
Senators Feinstein, Booker & Colleagues Claim Muslims Have Helped "Build A Better Nation" In Pandering Proclamation
Feinstein, Booker, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Designating July as Muslim-American Heritage Month
Jul 29 2022
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and a group of their colleagues to introduce a resolution recognizing July as Muslim-American Heritage Month and celebrating the achievements of Muslims living in the United States. The resolution highlights the "incredible contributions" Muslim Americans have made across multiple sectors of society—from medical professionals to entrepreneurs, to faith leaders, athletes and public servants—to help build a better nation.
The resolution further notes the religious discrimination experienced by Muslim Americans and stresses the "need for public education, awareness, and policies that are culturally competent when describing, discussing, or addressing the impacts of being Muslim American in all aspects of the society of the United States."
"California is fortunate to have a diverse community with roots all over the world. Our culture and economy attract people from all walks of life, which is why it's no surprise that the Muslim American community has played a role in helping California grow into one of the largest economies in the world," said Sen. Feinstein. "I'm proud to join Senator Booker on this resolution to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to our country, while also recognizing the need to end anti-Muslim hate across the United States."
"Muslim Americans have contributed to our nation since its very inception," said Sen. Booker. "Those contributions have enriched the cultural tapestry of America even as Muslims continue to experience religious prejudice and discrimination. This resolution recognizes the incredible contributions made by Muslims living in the United States and also highlights the urgent need to work together to address anti-Muslim bias and hate that has tragically become too commonplace."
"Our nation is stronger because of the diverse communities that call this country home, including Muslim Americans. Each and every day, and especially during this month, we should acknowledge the contributions and achievements of Muslim Americans," said Sen. Durbin. "But we cannot celebrate the Muslim American community without also recognizing the continued religious discrimination and threats they face in this country. I hope today's resolution will serve as both a tribute to this community and as a recommitment to stand with Muslim Americans in the work to build a more tolerant and equitable nation."
"It is time we honor the rich and invaluable contributions Muslims have made to our country's history and spirit by designating this and every July as Muslim-American Heritage Month," said Sen. Markey. "In honoring their contributions, we can continue to challenge the bias and bigotry that far too many of our Muslim-American neighbors, friends, and loved ones have experienced in this country. We must not accept the discrimination Muslims face, and continue to honor the value they bring to our nation."
"Muslim-Americans have enriched communities in Virginia and across the country, and we're stronger because of them," said Sen. Kaine. "This resolution both celebrates their many contributions and recognizes the work ahead to build a more tolerant, inclusive society."
"This resolution celebrates the incredible accomplishments and contributions of the Muslim-American community. Enriching our nation in countless ways, the Muslim-American community in Connecticut and across the country embodies the ideals of faith, peace and love," said Sen. Blumenthal. "I'm proud to join this resolution that not only acknowledges their importance, but reaffirms our commitment to combating targeted acts of prejudice and hate."
The resolution is also cosponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
Full text of the resolution can be found here.
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Expressing support for the recognition of July 2022 as ''Muslim-American Heritage Month'' and celebrating the heritage and culture of Muslim Americans in the United States. Whereas the Senate is proud to recognize and commemorate ''Muslim-American Heritage Month'', an observance that celebrates the contributions of Muslim Americans; Whereas, in keeping with its time-honored traditions, the Senate recognizes and pays tribute to those who foster cultural pride and enhance the profile of diverse communities across the United States; Whereas the immigration of Muslims to the colonies of the United States began with the arrival of indentured workers;
2 MCL22177 93V S.L.C. Whereas, during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, a significant number of slaves of Muslim heritage were brought to the United States; Whereas, in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, successive waves of immigration brought additional Muslims to the United States, who sought to pursue economic and social opportunity, as well as freedom of religion, and enriched the fabric of the society of the United States as business owners, entrepreneurs, health care professionals, humanitarians, scientists, and students; Whereas Muslim Americans contribute greatly to charitable organizations that help people from all faiths in the United States and around the world by feeding the hungry, providing recuperation efforts following natural disasters, and providing medical assistance, family services, scholastic supplies, and before and after school programs; Whereas Muslim Americans have contributed to every part of the society of the United States to make advancements in architecture, arts, business, culture, diplomacy, government, law, medicine, the military, national security, religion, and sports; Whereas Bangladeshi-American Fazlur Rahman Khan left his mark on cityscapes in the United States by pioneering a new structural system of frame tubes used to construct iconic buildings like the World Trade Center in New York City, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, and the Willis ''Sears'' Tower in Chicago; Whereas many Muslim Americans pursue the American dream and contribute to the economy of the United States as business owners and entrepreneurs, including Pakistani-born billionaire Shahid Khan, owner of the
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auto parts company Flex-N-Gate and the National Football League team Jacksonville Jaguars; Whereas Syrian immigrant Ernest Hamwi's invention of the ice cream cone is a practical confection with a near ubiquitous presence in the lives of the people of the United States; Whereas, in 2006, Keith Ellison of Minnesota was elected to the House of Representatives, becoming the first Muslim American to serve in Congress; Whereas, in 2008, Ambassador Sada Cumber was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the first Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference from the United States, representing the United States to 57 Muslim-majority nations; Whereas actor Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim American to win an Oscar for his supporting role in ''Moonlight'' in 2017; Whereas, in 2018, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were elected to the House of Representatives, becoming the first Muslim American women to serve in Congress; Whereas, in 2021, Zahid Quraishi was confirmed as the first Muslim American to serve as an Article III Federal judge as a District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey; Whereas, in 2021, Rashad Hussain was confirmed as the first Muslim American to serve as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom; Whereas Pakistani-American neurosurgeon Ayub Ommaya's invention of the intraventricular catheter system provides chemotherapy to treat brain tumors;
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Whereas Muslim Americans have fought in support of the United States in every major war, from Bampett Muhamed and Yusuf Ben Ali under the command of General George Washington in the American Revolutionary War to Captain Humayun Khan, who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq in 2004; Whereas Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, the first Muslim American to deliver an invocation in the Senate, and ElHajj Malik El-Shabazz, the civil rights activist and reformer also known as Malcolm X, were prominent religious leaders and scholars; Whereas Muslim American professional athletes like National Basketball Association Hall of Fame members Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Shaquille O'Neal, and 2-time world heavyweight champion Hasim Shariff Rahman, thrilled sports fans around the world during their respective careers; Whereas Muslim American Olympians, such as boxer Muhammad Ali, track and field athlete Dalilah Muhammad, and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, won medals in international competitions; Whereas, with roots in at least 77 different countries, and identifying racially as White, Black, Arab, and Asian, Muslim Americans are an extremely diverse population; Whereas the current population of Muslims living in the United States is estimated at more than 3,450,000; Whereas more than 7,400 Muslims serve on active duty and more than 4,000 Muslims serve as selected reserve personnel in the Armed Forces of the United States; Whereas the Muslim population has been growing in the United States, and the Muslim-American population is a
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tapestry of ethnic, racial, linguistic, social, and economic groups; Whereas nearly 50 percent of Muslim Americans have reported experiencing religious discrimination, with that number rising to 64 percent for Muslim Americans whose appearance identifies them as Muslim, such as women who wear a hijab, or headscarf; and Whereas the incredible contributions and heritage of Muslim Americans have helped to build a better United States: Now, therefore, be it 1 Resolved, That the Senate— 2 (1) designates the month of July 2022 as 3 ''Muslim-American Heritage Month''; 4 (2) honors the contributions and integral role of 5 Muslim Americans to the economy, culture, and 6 identity of the United States; 7 (3) recognizes the need for public education, 8 awareness, and policies that are culturally competent 9 when describing, discussing, or addressing the im10 pacts of being Muslim American in all aspects of the 11 society of the United States, including in discourse 12 and policy; and 13 (4) urges the people of the United States to ob14 serve ''Muslim-American Heritage Month'' with ap15 propriate ceremonies, programs, and activities that 16 celebrate the contributions of Muslim Americans to 17 the United States.